Kearns & West Welcomes Charles Harvey as a Senior Director in Sacramento, CA

Kearns & West welcomes Charles Harvey as a Senior Director!  Charles brings his experience as a Legislative Representative with the League of California Cities, where he managed a public safety portfolio of issues that include emergency response, wildfire policy, police use of force, and emergency medical services.

In this previous role, Charles worked with the League’s 50-person public safety committee comprised of fire chiefs, police chiefs, city managers, and local elected officials—to reach consensus on pending legislation, regulatory proposals, and proposed resolution language—helping them to make informed policy recommendations for consideration by the organization’s Board of Directors.  Charles routinely advocated on a variety of issues in the California Legislature and the Governor’s Office through written arguments, meetings, and oral testimony during legislative policy committee hearings.  In addition, he delivered presentations to member cities on active public safety legislation and bills recently signed into law.

Prior to joining the League, Charles served as a legislative advocate in the Office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and held legislative staff positions of increasing responsibility in the California State Assembly.

Charles double majored in Business Administration and Spanish at Morehouse College and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He is a member of the California State Bar, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and New Leaders Council — Sacramento Chapter. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his young family, salsa dancing, and playing soccer.

Associate Opportunity in Northern California Region

ASSOCIATE POSITION

The Associate will support collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and public outreach and engagement processes involving stakeholders from state and federal agencies, tribal communities, advocacy organizations, industry, and local government in California and across the United States. It is expected that this position will support multiple projects involving issues touching on water resources management and ecosystem protection and enhancement, among other projects.

This position involves multiple responsibilities and roles including: planning, scheduling, and executing stakeholder meetings or other types of in-person or online interactions (including logistics such as venue location, audio visual equipment, and invitations), project research, strategic planning, stakeholder communications and outreach support, notetaking and preparation of meeting summaries, development of project proposals including budgets, business development, contract administration, and invoice and expense report preparation. Associates may also have opportunities to facilitate dialog, problem solving, decision making and other tasks in groups of diverse sizes and makeup, depending on prior experience and demonstrated skill.

DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Highly organized and prepared to contribute to team organization
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Comfortable with taking direction and able to take the initiative as needed
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients
  • Successful at balancing working as part of a team with working independently, and
  • Comfortable working in a small [2-3 person] office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in San Francisco/Portland/Washington, DC/Southern California). 

We are in the business of supporting effective problem solving and joint decision making, often in the public sector, so proven communication skills and enthusiasm for outreach are critical. A strong candidate will write clearly and accurately under deadlines, and will have strong “people” skills. Work assignments will involve other K&W locations, and the ability to work virtually with our team will be important. A strong candidate also will have sound professional judgment.

THE POSITION

  • offers significant opportunities for professional growth and experience
  • will require virtual presence for the time being
  • will require physical presence in Northern California locations when deemed safe by health experts and our K&W leadership team, as well as some travel (local, regional, national)
  • is a non-partisan, “neutral” position in relation to subject matter, not an advocacy position

A strong candidate will be interested in a career that incorporates strong collaborative problem solving and stakeholder outreach and engagement abilities.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Advanced degree or education is valued but will not change job duties described above.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Strong candidates will have one to three years of work experience or a master’s degree equivalent with a focus on public policy, energy/transmission, the environment, water issues, communications, or conflict management and resolution. Demonstrated understanding and interest in state and local government policy will enhance an application. Fluency in Spanish is valued but not required. Proficiency with online collaboration, database management, graphic design, and social media tools is preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) is required.

PRIOR REGIONAL CONNECTION: We value a demonstrated prior connection to Northern California, including: SF Bay area, Davis-Sacramento, Central Valley region. Family ties, work experience, or graduate school are examples.

COMPENSATION

The salary for this position is open and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, benefits are provided which include: profit-sharing; 401K; bonuses; health, dental and disability insurance; vacation and holidays; and more.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply immediately by submitting a cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com using the subject line “NorCal Associate Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

THE ORGANIZATION

Kearns & West is seeking to hire an Associate for its team delivering Collaborative Solutions services from the Davis/Sacramento-San Francisco region. Our team members work extensively – but not exclusively – on public policy decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and citizen engagement across a broad spectrum of issues. We are recognized around the United States as a leader in consistently delivering high quality and innovative services from a non-partisan perspective. Our physical offices are located in Sacramento/Davis, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, [Atlanta, GA,] and Washington DC.

Our clients are primarily local, state, and government agencies and public sector companies. We deliver customized conflict and needs assessments, public outreach and engagement, process and meeting design and facilitation, conflict resolution/mediation, and strategic planning and communications services. We employ diverse tools, methods, and techniques to promote constructive stakeholder relationships, collaborations, and strategic partnerships and sustainable solutions.

Kearns & West is a small, women-owned business founded in 1984. We offer a collaborative, collegial work environment and the chance to work on significant public policy projects. We offer professional development and a partnership track as team members advance in their careers. We are committed to doing business in ways that are consistent with explicit principles and values.

Director Opportunity in Northern California Region

DIRECTOR POSITION

The Director will support and lead collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and public outreach and engagement processes involving stakeholders from state and federal agencies, tribal communities, advocacy organizations, industry, and local government in California and across the United States. It is expected that this position will support multiple projects involving issues touching on water resources management and ecosystem protection and enhancement.

The position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including: all aspects of planning and executing stakeholder and public meetings or other forums, facilitated problem solving and decision making, citizen engagement, project and client management, strategic planning, development of project proposals and identification of new business opportunities, and contract administration. Candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including dispute resolution, public policy, and communications will be considered. Demonstrated interest in collaborative problem-solving and related communication skills is essential.

DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Organized and prepared to contribute to our team organization
  • Comfortable planning and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other forums of diverse sizes, including public meetings that may involve significant emotion and conflict
  • Committed to business development and growing Kearns & West’s Collaborative Solutions
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Able to maintain a non-partisan, neutral perspective on the substance of issues and potential solutions
  • An effective verbal communicator
  • Able to create accurate and clear written products such as meeting summaries within deadlines
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Able to balance work on multiple projects for different clients
  • Successful at balancing working as part of a team with working independently
  • Comfortable working in diverse physical and virtual environments and collaborating with colleagues located around the United States as well as in the same area

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

Minimum Education: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Advanced degree or education a plus but will not change job duties.

Preferred Experience: Successful candidates will have at least six (6) years of experience with stakeholder engagement, meeting facilitation, conflict management and resolution, local and regional government, public policy, and/or community relations. Demonstrated success in building client relationships and generating business is desired. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Required Skills: Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong overall computer skills including proficiency in office software suites (word processing, presentation software, spreadsheets), communication and collaboration tools (Slack, MS Teams, Zoom, are Mural are examples), and project management tools. Additional computer skills, such as graphic design or data visualization software competency, are desirable.

COMPENSATION

The salary for this position is open and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, benefits are provided which include: profit-sharing; 401K; bonuses; health, dental and disability insurance; vacation and holidays; and more.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply immediately by submitting cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Nor Cal Director Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

THE ORGANIZATION

Kearns & West is seeking to hire a Director for its team delivering Collaborative Solutions services from the Davis/Sacramento-San Francisco region. Our team members work extensively – but not exclusively – on public policy decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and citizen engagement across a broad spectrum of issues. We are recognized around the United States as a leader in consistently delivering high quality and innovative services from a non-partisan perspective. Our physical offices are located in Sacramento/Davis, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, Atlanta, GA, and Washington DC.

Our clients are primarily local, state, and government agencies and public sector companies. We deliver customized conflict and needs assessments, public outreach and engagement, process and meeting design and facilitation, conflict resolution/mediation, and strategic planning and communications services. We employ diverse tools, methods, and techniques to promote constructive stakeholder relationships, collaborations, and strategic partnerships and sustainable solutions.

Kearns & West is a small, women-owned business founded in 1984. We offer a collaborative, collegial work environment and the chance to work on significant public policy projects. We offer professional development and a partnership track as team members advance in their careers. We are committed to doing business in ways that are consistent with explicit principles and values.

Collaborative Technology Consultant Opening in Washington, DC

THE ORGANIZATION

Kearns & West specializes in designing and implementing technology solutions that help groups achieve more when they are together (in person or virtually) and between meetings. We blend technology considerations with group dynamics, outreach, and communications expertise. The work within our ever evolving technology practices ranges from deploying virtual decision-making tools during a pandemic, facilitating collaborative development of an interactive requirements database for a visioning process, or conducting user research to advance, deploy, and evolve a full range of technology and program resource deployments in project environments.

We provide a spectrum of services including facilitation, project management; digital engagement and collaborative technology; process and meeting design, conflict resolution including mediation; outreach and engagement; collaborative decision-making; and strategic planning. We work extensively – but not exclusively – on public policy decision-making, conflict resolution, and citizen engagement across a broad spectrum of issues. Our collaborative programs are designed to identify and organize a range of issues, opinions, goals and interests into clear, productive processes that lead to successful conclusions for diverse parties and key stakeholders.

Kearns & West’s mission: Organizations impacting society operate within a complex framework of needs, policies, interests, and markets. Kearns & West navigates this framework to help clients collaborate, communicate vision, and create productive connections with their stakeholders, employees and customers.

THE POSITION

We are seeking an energetic Collaborative Technology Consultant to join our Washington, DC office. The position will collaborate with staff in offices Sacramento/Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Atlanta, GA.

This position is a good fit for those with process- and people- focused user experience interests. In this role you will navigate among internal agency partners to identify requirements for next-gen dashboard and GIS systems, support process and technology design and deployment in complex data-driven decision-making processes, and assess interests and synthesize data to develop decision-flows and related digital products to inform prioritization, strategic planning, and funding discussions.

If you have  “fluency in technology” and are able to quickly assess technology challenges, consider individual and team human elements, and research and lead project and internal technology deployments, then this is the position for you! Experience across a breadth of collaborative technology platforms is ideal – including webinar tools (e.g., Zoom / Ring Central, Adobe Connect, MS Teams, WebEx), database and CRM tools (e.g., Insightly, SharePoint, Airtable), website development (e.g., WordPress, HTML); visualization and graphic design (the Adobe Creative Suite, word clouds, etc.) and more!

The Collaborative Technology Consultant will be responsible for:

  • User interviews and focus group planning and execution
  • Requirements gathering and data synthesis,
  • Digital engagement research and support, social media and digital communications support,
  • User research and user centered design,
  • Troubleshooting and event technology design and support,
  • Webinar management and technical facilitation,
  • Team onboarding and technology adoption support for growing collaborative technology toolkit, technical writing and support documentation creation (developing user guides, leading technology trainings).

EXPERIENCE

  • 8+ years of experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology deployment and adoption, collaborative processes and team support, facilitation and stakeholder / customer / user engagement strongly preferred. Demonstrated interest in environmental issues, natural resource management, and/or energy is beneficial.

SKILLS

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to be flexible and resourceful and handle pressure/tight deadlines gracefully
  • Ability to interact and perform in a team-based environment
  • Ability to accessibly communicate technical matter, including written communications (user guides), 1-on-1 user troubleshooting support across all levels of technology acumen, and technology trainings
  • Capacity to rapidly distill core strengths and constraints of technological platforms
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite – Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver
  • Strong knowledge of webinar and synchronous technology platforms – Adobe Connect, Zoom / Ring Central Meetings, WebEx, MS Teams
  • Knowledge of GIS platforms and deployment requirements
  • Knowledge of charts, graphs, and visuals / graphic design a plus
  • Knowledge or interest in graphic design including document layouts, charts, graphs, infographics
  • Experience or interest in social media

WHAT WE OFFER:

Generous 401k Matching

Full benefits

Companywide bonus program

HOW TO APPLY

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Washington DC Collaborative Technology & Team Coordinator.” We ask that you do not call or email staff directly. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information please visit: https://kearnswest.com/contact-us/careers/